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Hepatitis A Outbreaks

Hepatitis A Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. Hepatitis A can be prevented with a vaccine. People who get hepatitis A may feel sick for a few weeks to several months but usually recover completely and do not have lasting liver damage. In rare cases, hepatitis A can cause liver failure and even death; this is more common in older people and in people with other serious health issues, such as chronic liver disease.

Symptoms Not everyone with hepatitis A has symptoms. Adults are more likely to have symptoms than children. If symptoms develop, they usually appear 2 to 7 weeks after infection and can include: Yellow skin or eyes Not wanting to eat Upset stomach Throwing up Stomach pain Dark urine or lightcolored stools Diarrhea Joint pain Feeling tired Symptoms usually last less than 2 months, although some people can be ill for as long as 6 months.

Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for: Children • All children aged 12–23 months • All children and adolescents 2–18 years of age who have not previously received hepatitis A vaccine (known as “catch up” vaccination) People at increased risk for hepatitis A • International travelers • Men who have sex with men • People who use or inject drugs (all those who use illegal drugs) • People with occupational risk for exposure • People who anticipate close personal contact with an international adoptee • People experiencing homelessness People at increased risk for severe disease from hepatitis A infection • People with chronic liver disease, including hepatitis B and hepatitis C • People with HIV Other people recommended for vaccination • Pregnant women at risk for hepatitis A or risk for severe outcome from hepatitis A infection • Any person who requests vaccination